How to print a building

Van Mensvoort
May 7th 2009

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In the nineties laser printers revolutionized graphic design. Currently 3d desktop printers are revolutionizing industrial design. Next we will be printing buildings and revolutionize architecture.

"D_shape technology makes it possible to 3D print 6 by 6 by 1m parts. These parts could either be shipped to the construction site or the entire building could be 3D printed on location. The parts made by D_shape resemble 'sandstone.' They are comparable in strength to reinforced concrete and the ingredients are the binding material and any type of sand. D_Shape's materials cost more than regular concrete but much less manpower is needed for construction. No scaffolding needs to be constructed so overall building cost should be lower than traditional building methods.

"The system works with a rigging that is suspended over the buildable part. The system deposits the sand and then the inorganic binding ink. No water is necessary. Because the two components meet outside the nozzle, the machine does not clog up and can keep up its accuracy of 25 DPI. Enrico and D_Shape are currently talking to lots of construction & engineering companies and architects about their technology.

"The technology would seem to be especially interesting for these architects. With D-Shape they could make previously impossible forms and indeed approach a building not as a place where planes intersect but much more organically. As with regular 3D printing methods a lot of forms can only be made in this way. I for one would love to work in a Moebius strip office building...."

Read the entire interview with Enrico Dini of D_Shape. Via Beyond the Beyond. Related: The printed pot, Desktop factory, Dishmaker, How to print an Organ?

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Arnoud van den Heuvel
Posted 11/05/2009 – 17:58

I just found this link about "Contour Crafting". From their website I quote: "Contour Crafting will most probably be one of the very few feasible approaches for building structures on other planets, such as the Moon and Mars, which are being targeted for human colonization before the end of the new century." Whoever finds this How to Print a Building post interesting, might want to take notice of it: http://craft.usc.edu/CC/modem.html

st louis commercial building
Posted 08/05/2009 – 02:29

I want to know about the great building and their sketches, thanks,

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